Snow Mountain

Snow Mountain and Wuling Farm, Sheipa National Park

Our third adventure (following The big one! Yushan (Jade Mountain) and Taroko Gorge and Mount Bilu in late 2015) was based around the lovely valley at Wuling Farm. More akin to an Alpine pasture with wild monkeys, this is not your typical farm. The site is well equipped for campers and tourists and we set up tent under the island’s second highest peak, Snow Mountain and was the former mountain retreat of the island’s leader Chiang Kai-shek.

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Flowers at Wuling

Having packed up our tents we headed off for the ranger centre at the trail head where we had to show our permits and watch a compulsory safety video. At last we could set off and up the tortuous zigzags up to the first hut – where a monkey was obligingly waiting for us in the mist. Onwards then through the trees and up we climbed to the second hut. The path is very clear, but merciless in its zigzagging ascent up and up the ‘crying slope’ – so called because of its steepness, though it is actually quite a short section before reaching the small East Peak.

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East Peak

Having made our way back to Wuling in the rain, camping no longer seemed such an attractive option, so we headed instead for the comfort of the Wuling National Hostel – a mid-range hotel.

Next day was dry and bright, allowing us to lay out our very wet equipment and explore the valley, including Chiang Kai-shek’s house, Wuling tea house (tea groves are dotted around the area), nearby fruit farms  and the farm museum. Fruit grows in abundance in this area, though it appears to be grown in protective bags. And our thoughts could turn back to climbing the mountains in hopefully sunnier weather.

 

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The summit of Snow Mountain

Having made our way back to Wuling in the rain, camping no longer seemed such an attractive option, so we headed instead for the comfort of the Wuling National Hostel – a mid-range hotel.

Next day was dry and bright, allowing us to lay out our very wet equipment and explore the valley, including Chiang Kai-shek’s house, Wuling tea house (tea groves are dotted around the area), nearby fruit farms  and the farm museum. Fruit grows in abundance in this area, though it appears to be grown in protective bags. And our thoughts could turn back to climbing the mountains in hopefully sunnier weather.

 

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